My last post shared some honest thoughts from Dave Rudden about boys and how they are taught by expectation and example not to feel. I hope that if you’re reading this blog post, you’ve given his excellent essay a read first. I have never been a boy, so my experience with this subject is certainly … Continue reading You Can Be More: Writing for Boys
The first time I saw him, I wondered if we had met before. I thought the feeling would be easy to shake off, because I knew that I’d never seen this fellow before. Instead, I felt that hesitant sense of discovery, the back-and-forth dance that some of us do when we think we recognize someone … Continue reading A Character Outside of His Book
One of the hardest things for any person to do is to explain how their mind works. For some, the difficulty is that they simply don’t know. This has its pros and cons. For others, they know exactly and could not, for the life of them, describe it in a coherent way. This too, has … Continue reading A Writer’s Soundtrack
Last night, I survived and enjoyed the very first public reading of my work! Thanks to all who came to hear the three writers last night--we appreciated all the support. To promote our stories, we each made up an illustration for a bookmark. I tried my hand at some digital painting. So here it is--a … Continue reading A Bookmark
When I was writing Still Dreaming, I stumbled upon a poem of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's that fascinated me. It's such a whimsical thought that he captures in a few lines, but even more than that, it caught my attention because I was imagining a similar world where such a thing might be possible. That's one of … Continue reading A Bit of Inspiration
For your reading pleasure, an excerpt from chapter one of my novel Still Dreaming: Wake Get up! But the world was ending, crashing in around him. Wake up! But he couldn’t move. Chipped concrete bit into his cheek. As he struggled to push himself up, something heavy slid off his back. Rusted metal … Continue reading An Excerpt!